'Start Here' podcast: New York Attorney General subpoenas Catholic dioceses

Jack Jenkins with Religion News Service says we could see similar actions from other states. ABC News' Brad Mielke reports.
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Transcript for 'Start Here' podcast: New York Attorney General subpoenas Catholic dioceses
Two more states are now investigating whether the Catholic Church covered of sex abuse by priests in New York attorney general has issued subpoenas. All eight diocese in the state. Jerseys AJ is also forming a task force. ABC's Brad Nokia says this may be just the start Pratt. Hey guys yet in the days after that big grand jury report Pennsylvania's attorney general said he would colleagues from other states coming up to him asking him. How can we do this. They apparently got an answer. Illinois now says it's investigating diocese and yesterday New York's attorney general announced she is issuing a subpoena of every Catholic diocese in the state. Jack Jenkins is a reporter with religion news service. And he says you're about to see a wave of these. This does seem to be particular moment think you in addition to new York and Illinois we have Nebraska New Mexico Florida Missouri and sounds like New Jersey as well. All launching some varying level of investigation into the diocese. He and there are respective states. Now let's go look different opinion where you bombed where you are depending on the state but they are actively trying to seek out particularly bee finals that these diocese keep. So each diocese. Has records at their priest and presumably isn't as it was true in Pennsylvania records of and allegations of sexual abuse against children these are things that law enforcement often happens seen so if you can imagine. I'm a lot of law enforcement officials are anxious to kind of look through those records and see any of them might be good liable for criminal investigations except her. And Jack told me he's reached out to every Catholic diocese in the country every single one of them some like New York's have said they welcome any investigation they want help in any way possible. Other diocese he said. Have not responded you hear a lot more about these Catholic Church investigations on start here early this morning chickened out and apple podcasts re favorite podcasting app. Diane Terrelle Fred appreciate it thank you so much.

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